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House Theatre's no-dancing Nutcracker finds light in wartime darkness

The show moves from holiday hijinks to deep sadness with plenty of sweetness throughout.

Grief is a shadowy guest at many holiday tables. The House Theatre of Chicago’s nonballet version of The Nutcracker transforms E. T. A. Hoffmann’s 1816 tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” into a moving imaginative story of loss and rebirth.…

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